Kris Kross is coming back.
They went by Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac, and for a brief moment in the early ’90s, they had the entire world bouncing to their hip-hop smash, “Jump.”
Today, the duo — Chris Kelly and Chris Smith — are barely recognizable from their pint-sized, chart-topping former selves. At 32, they’re both a little older, a little wiser, and, most notably, their clothes are facing forward.
But the backwards-worn jeans and baseball jerseys, the shaved eyebrows, the “miggity-miggity-macs” — everything we associate with Kris Kross will live to see another day.
Both men have agreed to reunite to perform the song at a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of Atlanta’s So So Def Recordings — a show scheduled for February 23 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre that will also feature label-founder Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, and Bow Wow.
The announcement came on Tuesday afternoon at Atlanta City Hall, where Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined a roster of So So Def all-stars on the stage, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Dupri, linked romantically to Janet Jackson for years before the two broke up in 2009, discovered Kelly and Smith in 1990 at an Atlanta shopping mall. Two years later, they were touring with Michael Jackson on his “Dangerous World Tour.”